#wedNEWSday – Christmas celebrations at first walking netball tournament

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Trailblazers Walking Netball Club hosted their first Walking Netball Festival at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre, Weston Super Mare on Sunday 8th December. Two tournaments took place, the fun festival and The tournament. 18  teams were welcomed with Hot Mulled Wine ( non Alcoholic) and Mince Pies.  

The festival saw 18 Teams attended from Newport, Chippenham, Cirencester, Bath, Bristol, Swindon, Corsham and Weston Super Mare playing in a two strand tournament . The Fun Festival was won by Lyde Green, Bristol with Keynsham Roses from Bristol he runners up. The Tournament winners were by Pioneers of Newport and the runners up were Swindon Blues from Swindon. The Fair Play Trophy was presented to Sullis Strollers, Bath, who played all their matches in great spirit.

The day went well and lovely feedback was given from the teams. Trailblazers would like to thank The management and staff of Hutton Moor Leisure Centre, who were so supportive of this event.

A lovely way to round up a fabulous year of netball.

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#wedNEWSday – Ode to Walking Netball

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Sheila from Torquay walking netball has written the below Ode to Walking Netball:

‘ Walking netball is such good fun
As long you walk and do not run
Because if you run and get found out
Then Glynis will blow her whistle and  give a shout
It doesnt matter who is winning or losing
Just enjoyable time with adrenaline oozing
It’s not a case if winning a cup
But the friendships that are made up
This is what it is all about not who is the best
But frankly it is nice at the end to have a rest
With a cuppa in our hands and little natters
To us that is all that matters
We have come through another Monday or should I say funday’

Shelia is 2nd from left

Thank you for the lovely ode and it has certainly put a smile on our faces!

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#wedNEWSday – New Disability Strategy launched

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We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Disability Strategy, which outlines our plans to increase participation numbers in deaf and disabled women and girls.

The strategy was introduced off the back of Sport England’s Active Lives 2017/18 report, which found that disabled people are twice as likely to be physically inactive than non-disabled people. In addition, it found that just short of a million people played netball in that time, however only 448 deaf and disabled people took part in a England Netball session during that period.

Within our strategy it outlines our mission to enable more than 5,000 deaf and disabled people to participate in netball programmes by 2021. We hope to achieve this by hosting new competitions tailored specifically to people with a disability, and providing coaches, officials and session providers with the training required to provide more accessible sessions across the country.

As part of this, we have also introduced a network of clubs which specialise in disability and inclusion, known as ‘Core Inclusion Clubs’. For each club that signs up to become a Core Inclusion Club it will receive a grant and support to help in the running of netball sessions in local communities. These clubs will continue to lead and pioneer England Netball’s inclusive footprint throughout the UK.

Richard Evans, the Strategic Lead for Disability at England Netball, said: “We are delighted to officially launch our Disability Strategy, which we have been working on for some time now. This is a really exciting chance for us to welcome more deaf and disabled women and girls into the netball family.

“This strategy gives people a glimpse into our future and breaks down our ambition to understand, engage with, and maximise opportunities in netball for disabled people. It will allow us to grow and build towards a future where disabled people playing netball isn’t the exception but the norm.”

As part of the strategy, we will also be hosting our ParaNetball Championships on 1 February 2020, which offers a competitive netball opportunity for people who are deaf or hard of hearing or for those with intellectual impairments, learning disabilities or special educational needs. On the same day there will also be a Disability Awareness Course taking place to provide people with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to be able to deliver netball sessions for disabled people.

Another strand of the strategy will see the introduction of ‘Blended Netball’ in the New Year, which is a new secondary school peer to peer offer, designed for mainstream girls to deliver netball to girls with special educational needs, allowing them to benefit by gaining important life skills such as leadership, communication and empathy.

The development of our new Disability Strategy has been supported by Sport England, Youth Sport Trust, Activity Alliance and the National Disability Sport Organisations.

You can find out more about about the strategy, upcoming competitions and training opportunities here.

In addition, as part of our new digital transformation project, spectators who require accessible seating at its major events will also be able to take advantage of a new dedicated online booking platform, enabling them to buy tickets most suited to their specific needs. The technology is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2020.

Speaking about the new platform, England Netball’s Ticketing Manager Matthew Breen, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to bring this new functionality to our customers. In early 2020, spectators who require wheelchair or accessible seating will be able to book their own tickets online at a time that’s convenient for them.

“Previously customers who required accessible seating had to call up and book over the phone. Whilst it may not sound revolutionary, this functionality is something which is still in development by many national ticketing agencies and we’re delighted to be one of the first governing bodies in the UK to offer this much needed service for our customers – we’ll be announcing further details in the New Year on our website.”

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